Semifinal previews

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Makayla Peters of Kee scores against Montezuma during Class 1A Quarterfinals on Monday

Class 5A

Waukee (39-3) vs.

CR Kennedy (36-7)

Top-ranked Waukee continues its chase for a fifth state title when they meet No. 4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Diamond 1 Thursday at 11 a.m.

The Warriors (39-3) won gold in 1999, 2000 and 2015. They ousted 10th-rated West Des Moines Dowling in the quarterfinals, 3-1.

Senior pitcher Sarah Schaefer is 24-0 on the year with 184 strikeouts and an earned run average well under one. The University of Michigan recruit also has 57 RBI, 10 homers and 60 hits on the year.

The Cougars (36-7) scored a 7-4 victory over No. 5 and defending state champion Johnston on Tuesday. They dropped a 3-0 decision to Waukee during the regular season.

Jenna Schwartzhoff, who has signed with Clarke, has drove in three runs in that win. Kaylin Kinney struck out five, giving her 121 on the season and is 13-3.

Pleasant Valley (33-8)

vs. Urbandale (32-8)

No. 7 Pleasant Valley seeks a second consecutive upset when they take on sixth-ranked Urbandale on Diamond 1 at 1 p.m.

In the quarters, the Spartans (33-8) defeated No. 2 West Des Moines Valley, 6-4 in nine innings. Alexia Lara and Rachel Tebbe each hit homers in the game. They were runners-up to Johnston last year.

The J-Hawks (32-8) scored a 5-3 victory over third-ranked Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Tuesday. Jessica Walljasper had two hits and two RBI, while University of Northwestern recruit Skyler Shellmyer had two hits and scored a run. Allison Yoder also had two hits and scored twice.

Urbandale is trying to reach the state finals after placing fourth and sixth in the past two years.

Class 4A

Winterset (33-7) vs.

Oskaloosa (30-12)

Winterset’s emotional week continues Thursday morning when the second-ranked Huskies face No. 5 Oskaloosa at 11:30 a.m. on Diamond 2.

On Tuesday, Winterset (33-7) defeated Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 5-2, to advance. Ally Pickering hit a home run to back Sophie Stover’s five-strikeout performance.

Grace McDonald and Jessie Nicholson each had two hits in the win.

The Indians (30-12) knocked off No. 8 Mount Pleasant in the quarters, scoring a 3-2 win in eight innings. Alexis Groet had 11 strikeouts and Taylor Wills hit a home run.

Meghan Moorman had two RBI, including the game-winner in the eighth for the defending state champions.

Charles City (33-6)

vs. Ballard (34-5)

No. 14 Charles City seeks a third consecutive postseason upset when they face fourth-ranked Ballard on Diamond 2 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

After ousting No. 1 Benton in a regional final, the Comets (33-6) topped third-ranked Fairfield, 5-4. Ciana Sonberg had three hits and two RBI, while Tayler Schmidt hit a home run.

The Bombers (34-5) earned their semifinal berth with an 11-5 victory over Carlisle. Isabell Hobbs was 2-for-5 with six RBI including a home run.

Rachel Newell was 4-for-4 with three runs, while Skylar Rigby had three hits, two runs and two RBI.

Class 3A

Davenport Assum. (42-1) vs. Center Point-Urbana (30-10)

No. 7 Center Point-Urbana will try to do something Thursday no other Iowa school has done this season: defeat top-ranked Davenport Assumption. The two meet in a semifinal on Diamond 2 at 3:30 p.m.

The only loss this year for the Knights (42-1) came in their season opener against Moline, Ill. They have reeled off 42 consecutive wins since, including seven shutouts, and placed second last year to Benton.

Nicole Timmons allowed just one hit with 11 strikeouts in a 10-0 win over West Marshall, while Olivia Wardlow had three RBI.

The Stormin’ Pointers (30-10) claimed a 14-2 victory in six innings over No. 4 Humboldt on Monday. Claire Holtz was 4-for-4 with six RBI including a home, while Katelyn Banning and Olivia Brecht each had three hits.

Brecht homered and drove in four runs.

Albia (29-8) vs.

Mount Vernon (29-15)

No. 9 Albia shocked second-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in the quarters, 9-6, to advance to a 5:30 p.m. meeting on Diamond 2 Thursday with eighth-ranked Mount Vernon.

The Lady Dees (29-8) were led by Hannah Isley, who hit two homers and was 3-for-3 at the plate. Rylee Leshen also hit a homer in the victory.

The Mustangs (29-15) pulled an upset of their own, besting No. 3 Sioux Center, 11-5. Noelle Ossenkop had three hits and four RBI, while Lauren Hauser, Sydney Hauser and Kristen Elliott combined for nine hits and five runs.

Class 2A

Durant (32-7) vs.

Iowa City Regina (28-11)

Second-ranked Durant seeks to end Iowa City Regina’s two-year championship game run when they meet in the semifinals at 3 p.m. on Diamond 1.

The Wildcats (32-7) closed the door on Logan-Magnolia in the quarterfinals, 9-0. Aubrey Werthmann and Kira Schult each drove in three runs, while Kamryn Meyer had eight strikeouts and allowed two hits in six innings.

Durant finished seventh last season and won it all in 2013.

Last year, the Regals (28-11) placed second to Van Meter and were champions in 2015. Sarah Lehman recorded 14 strikeouts in an 8-1 victory over North Union, while Katie Bracken had three hits and three RBI.

Interstate 35 (27-4) vs.


Fremont (31-8)

Third-ranked Interstate 35 takes on No. 9 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in the semis at 5 p.m. on Diamond 1.

Earlier this week, the Roadrunners (27-4) earned a come-from-behind victory over No. 10 Central Springs, 4-3. Kate Stanley was 2-for-4 with two RBI in support of Carlyn Stanley, who struck out 14 and allowed just two hits.

The Rockets (31-8) downed No. 5 Waterloo Colmbus, 7-3. Taryan Swartz had three hits and two runs, while Haegen Boyer, Claire Jager and Darian Johnson each drove in two.

Class 1A

Kee (36-2) vs.

Westwood (30-10)

Defending state champion Kee put on a hitting performance Monday, defeating Montezuma, 18-1. They’ll now face No. 7 Westwood in the semifinals on Diamond 1 at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Hawks (36-2) tied an all-tourney record with 23 hits, while breaking the 1A mark. Kendra Cooper had five of those hits and drove in three, with Sydney Strong adding four RBI. Chloe Severson was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs, including a homer.

Cooper also had 13 strikeouts and scattered three hits inside the circle. They return nine of 10 starters from last season.

The Rebels (30-10) plated a run in the fifth and another in the seventh to defeat Colfax-Mingo, 11-9. Katelyn Martian was 3-for-4 with five RBI, while Alyssa Mendenhall and Kalie Stanfield each had two hits.

Westwood is at state for the first time since finishing fourth in 2007.

Sigourney (23-11) vs. Clarksville (28-2)

Unranked Sigourney took out second-ranked Akron-Westfield on Monday, and they’ll try to do the same to No. 6 Clarksville Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Diamond 2.

The Savages (23-11) are at state for the first time since finishing fourth in 2001 and are coming off a title in track this spring. Summer Barthelman had three hits in the win, with Autum Barthelman and Madison Schauf adding two each.

The Indians (28-2) defeated Belle Plaine, 9-8. Freshman Kori Wedeking had seven strikeouts to improve to 23-1, while Makayla Holub was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Bethan Negen, Janet Borchardt and Emma Poppe all drove in two runs.

–By Dana Becker